TV Shows You Should Watch For The Fashion

When you sit down to watch a television show, you probably want to see great acting, a compelling storyline, and some interesting character development. Those things are all important, but sometimes you just want to see the clothes being used to their fullest potential.

Costume designers are integral to the success of a television show, so why don’t we show them the respect they deserve? These shows are worth watching just for the clothes they show on screen.

Mad Men Is One of the Most Stylish Shows on TV

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It’s impossible to talk about stylish television shows without talking about Mad Men. This show took us back to the ’60s and ’70s in a totally atmospheric and realistic way. Yeah, the sets were cool, but let’s talk about the fashion for a minute.

The actors wore period specific clothes right down to the undergarments. Whether you were in love with Joan’s figure flattering dresses or Betty’s more ’50s style, this show had something for everyone.

Can an animated series have inspirational fashion? We think so.

Daria Inspired a Generation of Girls

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Daria is the only animated show on this list for a reason. Most animated shows aren’t known for their fashion choices, especially because a lot of animated characters wear the same thing in every episode. But Daria inspired a generation of girls to show off their inner apathy. We think everyone who liked this show owned a pair of black combat boots, and if that’s not television influencing fashion trends, we don’t know what is.

Scream Queens Is as Fashionable as It Is Dramatic

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Scream Queens is a comedy horror television show created for a teen audience, but you don’t have to be an angsty teen to enjoy its over-the-top programming. Some huge stars have appeared on Scream Queens (including our personal queen, Ariana Grande).

The cast of this show is always dressed well, even if there is a serial killer on the loose. Bad fashion never killed anybody, but why take the risk?

Friends Makes Us Want to Live In the ’90s Forever

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Friends completely defined a generation. Unlike Mad Men which carefully recreated a bygone era, Friends recreated the era it was created in. It was a show about the ’90s that was made in the ’90s.

At this point, Friends is the ’90s, and when you think of ’90s fashion, you probably thing about Rachel Green’s plaid jumper dress or Phoebe Buffay’s oversized vests. If you want to know what people wore 30 years ago, just put on the one where Ross gets a monkey.

Our list would be incomplete without the next ’90s and early ’00s show.

Sex and the City Has Always Been About the Clothes

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Sex and the City is as much about fashion as it is about the four women at its center. Each of the main characters had their own unique sense of style, and they were all fashionable in their own way.

Carrie was an avant-garde risk taker with a closet full of Manolos, Samantha was sleek and sexy with a wardrobe to match, Charlotte was preppy and put together, and Miranda was serious and rocked a suit. Whose style did you like the best?

Fashion Brands Marketed Their Clothing Through Gossip Girl

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Gossip Girl was a show that followed the dramatic lives of several New York "it" girls, and of course those "it" girls always had access to the best clothes New York City had to offer.

The show was actually a way for fashion companies to market their products. Some brands paid a fee, and the show’s web site provided referral links so viewers could be what they saw Blair Waldorf wearing on television.

Everyone In Pretty Little Liars Is Always Dressed to the Nines

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Pretty Little Liars is like Gossip Girl‘s younger cousin — but with more murder. This show got pretty convoluted in its later seasons, but at least Hannah, Emily, Spencer, Aria, and Alison always looked good.

We’re not sure why four high school girls need to be dressed to the nines every day of their lives, but hey, we’re not complaining. We can’t keep track of who’s dead and who’s alive on this show, but we do know that we want Spencer’s entire wardrobe.

Rory and Lorelai’s Fashion Complemented Each Others In Gilmore Girls

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We think every living, breathing person in the world had a crush on Rory Gilmore. We mean, how could you not? That girl is as cute as a button. She also made some very excellent fashion choices. Rory’s wardrobe was the perfect mix of preppy and trendy.

Lorelai didn’t dress too badly either. Her style was more free-spirited than her daughter’s, and sometimes more colorful. The two characters definitely complemented each other.

Bell-bottoms anyone?

That ’70s Show Made Us Want to Buy a Pair of Bell-Bottoms

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Before Mad Men, there was That 70’s Show, the show that gave us the nostalgia we were craving even if we weren’t alive in the ’70s. This show was obviously full of ’70s fashion and whether or not we admitted it, deep down we considered buying a pair of bell-bottoms. Today, flared pants and feathered hair are coming back in style so we know who to thank.

Did you want to be Jackie or Donna? Or maybe you idolized Eric’s look?

Downton Abbey Is Ornate Fashion Goals

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There is nothing casual about the fashion on Downton Abbey. These characters either have a whole bunch of money, or they work for people who have a whole bunch of money. These British aristocrats wouldn’t be caught dead in anything other than a gorgeous, ornate, handmade, expensive gown.

These clothes are over the top, and that’s why we love this show so much. We’re pretty sure Mary Crawley can make anything look good, though.

Stranger Things Made ’80s Fashion Popular Again

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Mad Men gave us the ’60s, That 70’s Show gave us the ’70s, Friends gave us the ’90s, and Stranger Things gave us the ’80s. If you were a kid in the ’80s, this show will take you right back to your childhood. We bet you even had a shirt like Will’s or a hat like Dustin’s.

Eighties fashion is very “in” right now and we think Stranger Things definitely has something to do with that.

Everyone Has Their Own Fashion Sense In Big Little Lies

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It’s no secret that the characters on the hit HBO show Big Little Lies have money. They have nice houses, nice cars, and nice clothes. It’s interesting to see how each character expresses their personal style.

Celeste wears modest clothes to cover her bruises, Jane wears hoodies, and Madeline wears bright colors— mostly reds and pinks. Zoe Kravitz always looks like a bohemian goddess, and Laura Dern wears structured clothes to reflect her uptight personality.

Fashion Is a Symbolic Part of Girls

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Girls is a show that people either seem to love or hate, which means that it’s a show that made an impact. Clothes were a huge part of the character development that went on in this series about a group of friends navigating their 20s in New York.

As the girls grow into women, they change and their clothes change. We can track the characters’ growth through their style, which means that the costume designers on this show did an excellent job.

The next show is Medieval fashion goals.

Game Of Thrones Makes Us Want to Go Platinum

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The clothes on Game of Thrones are inspired by Medieval and Romantic era fashion. We see a lot of armor and fur, but Kings Landing is full of ornate dresses, intricate jewelry, and royal style.

We think Danearys’ hair has inspired a lot of women to dye their own locks platinum blonde. Emilia Clarke is a legend and everything she wears is perfect. Each character has their own sense of style, but they all fit into the larger world of Westeros.

Quirky Styles Rule New Girl

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Jess and her friends on New Girl are the epitome of hipster style. Jess lives in an apartment with a bunch of male roommates, she’s a teacher, and she’s just trying to get through life. Also, she’s played by Zoey Deschanel, who is a ruler of all hipsters.

Jess clothes are cute, twee, and colorful. This whole show is tinged with optimism and that’s exactly the way we like it.

This Is Us Takes Us On a Fashion Journey

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This Is Us spans three generations, so you get to see fashion and style from a bunch of different time periods. Personally, we think Mandy Moore’s dresses in the timeline where she isn’t wearing any age makeup are the greatest, but older Randal looks pretty great in a suit too.

This show is unique because you get to see how characters retain parts of their younger selves through their modern day clothing choices.

Lizzie McGuire Was a Fashion Icon

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Lizzie McGuire was a fashion icon once upon a time, but now when we look back at her style (and the entirety of the early 2000s) we mostly just cringe at all the thick belts, printed tees, and low waisted pants.

Let’s face it, it was not a good time for fashion, but if you grew up in the early 2000s, Lizzie McGuire’s clothes will bring back a whole lot of memories.

The Crown Oozes Luxury Fashion

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Fashion doesn’t get more high class or more luxurious than the wardrobe of the literal queen of England. The crown is full of gorgeous gowns, expertly tailored suits, and fur coats that would give Peta a heart attack.

Even if you don’t care about the British monarchy at all, give this show a watch for the beautiful fashion. Claire Foy looks stunning in a tiara, and this whole show is full of dreamy fabrics.

Scandal Is All About the Power Suit

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Nobody wears a power suit quite like Olivia Pope. Kerry Washington may be a little over the top as our favorite White House fixer, but that’s just the way we like her. If an episode of Scandal goes by and Olivia hasn’t spent a moment seething with anger, you might just be watching the wrong show.

The clothes on this show are simple, tailored, clean, and crisp. This is Washington after all…

Jane The Virgin Inspires Us to Wear More Florals

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Jane on Jane the Virgin uses her wardrobe to embrace her femininity. She often wears bright colors, floral patterns, and ruffles. These uber femme details let us know that Jane has a soft and romantic side.

This is a show that’s all about the experience of being a woman and a mother, and that experience is definitely reflected in the show’s costume choices. We can’t wait to see what Jane is going to wear next.

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel Wouldn’t Be the Same Without the Killer Clothes

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The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel gives us a peek into life in New York in the 1950s. However, the show has a heightened sense of style. It’s more like a musical version of New York in the ’50s— everything is a little bit brighter, a little bit bigger, and a little bit more rhythmic.

Midge Maisel definitely knows how to dress. The clothes in this series add so much life to the show.

Insecure Rocks Bright, Bold Patterns

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If you want some serious fashion inspiration, look no further than Issa Rae in her hit HBO show Insecure. Issa’s character (whose name is also Issa) wears some of the greatest clothes on television at the moment.

Issa wears bright colors, bold patterns, and big jewelry. She’s not afraid of clashing and yet somehow her outfits are always picture perfect. This show is hilarious, but it also knows its aesthetic.

Peaky Blinders Collaborated With a Menswear Brand

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Fashion is a huge part of this hit show about a gang in Birmingham, England. In January 2019, Peaky Blinders collaborated with menswear brand Kent & Curwen, part-owned by David Beckham, to create their latest collection.

David Beckham who has also been the ambassadorial president of the British Fashion Council mentioned being “a big fan of the show and our brand has always been about the look. It keeps that authenticity.

Riverdale Mixes Old and New

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Riverdale is a modern day show based on an old comic book. It takes fashion inspiration from the original Archie comics, but all of the clothes on the show wouldn’t look out of place on Instagram today.

It’s a very cool fashion mashup, and even if you’re not into Archie comics or the very convoluted plot lines this show seems to be sticking too, we definitely recommend checking this show out for its style.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Makes Us Want to Wear Funky Patterns

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Will Smith wore so many different patterns and colors on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We feel like a lot of ’80s fashion was inspired by what Will Smith wore on Fresh Prince.

We think we can bring back some Fresh Prince inspired clothing. A little bit of a wacky pattern never hurt anybody. We just don’t know if I’d want a whole shirt in that pattern plus overalls. The hair is on point, though.

Glee Loves Color

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Glee is a musical television show, which means that everything about it is heightened, including the costumes. This show was always bright and colorful, which means that the clothes on the show were bright and colorful too.

The cast of this show has gone through some hard times in the past, but hopefully the cast members who are still around have a future as bright as the clothes they wore on this show.

The Mindy Project Is a Source of Inspiration for Stylish and Feminine Clothing

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Mindy Lahiri was never a character who liked to blend into the background. She was a doctor, a lover, a fighter, and an all-around awesome lady. I’m kind of sad that this show is over now, but at least we can look back at all of the amazing things that Mindy wore during the show’s run.

We mean, look at this floral dress with a matching headband. It’s feminine, stylish, and professional.

Desperate Housewives Showcased the Best of Early 2000s Fashion

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The first season of Desperate Housewives showcased some of the best of early 2000s fashion. Just so we’re all on the same page, the best of the early 2000s isn’t all that great.

As the show continued, it entered a new era of fashion. We got to see Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gabrielle dress more like mature women and less like desperate women. We mean, look at Susan’s outfit in this picture. Everything about it screams 2004.

The Fashion In Will and Grace Will Never Get Old

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Will and Grace literally changed the world. People became more tolerant of the LGBT community because of how much they liked the characters on this show. Even though this show started in the late ’90s, nothing about the fashion on Will and Grace really feels dated.

You can look back at any episode of this iconic sitcom and feel like you could wear anything the characters were wearing then while out and about today.

Empire Is Full of Great Designer Clothing


Empire is a show about the people at the top of the music industry, and you better believe that those people have a lot of money. You know what they say, with great money comes great designer clothes.

This show is full of outrageous and expensive fashion. We’d encourage you to give it a watch even if you think the storyline isn’t your cup of tea. There are just so many pretty outfits to look at.